Toys ‘R’ Us donates $1 million to post-storm relief fund in New Jersey
Wayne, N.J. — The Toys “R” Us Children’s Fund announced it has made a $1 million donation to the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund, created by New Jersey’s Governor Chris Christie and First Lady Mary Pat Christie to aid, comfort and rebuild the Garden State in the wake of the devastation that impacted so many children and families.
Toys “R” Us has been based in New Jersey for 38 years and today has more than 4,000 employees statewide across 45 stores, regional offices, its corporate headquarters and the company’s largest retail distribution center in the country. Together, Toys “R” Us, Inc. and the Toys “R” Us Children’s Fund have a long history of giving back to the communities they serve by keeping kids safe and helping them in times of need.
“On behalf of the thousands of Toys “R” Us employees who call New Jersey home, we are very proud to support the Governor and First Lady in their efforts to rebuild across the state in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy,” said Jerry Storch, chairman and CEO, Toys “R” Us, Inc. “We take very seriously our responsibility to be a caring neighbor in the communities we serve, and hope this donation to the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund will help provide assistance and comfort to the many children and families who were impacted by this disaster.”
The donation to the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund adds to the company’s continuing efforts to help kids and families affected by the superstorm.
Dole Food Company begins New Year with new look
WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif. — Dole Food Company has started the New Year with a new look for its website.
Dole describes the redesigned website as easy for consumers to use on all tablets and mobile devices. Dole teamed up with Santa Monica-based digital agency Blitz for one year to work on the redesign.
“We wanted the digital face of Dole to better represent our culture and commitment to consumers,” said Marty Ordman, Dole’s VP of marketing and corporate communications. “We collected feedback from our customers and used that to create a site that is easier to use, has richer product information and aims to help people live healthier lives.”
The updated layout leads visitors to related content and material which they can share with friends on social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
“The new Dole.com allows us to present a consistent brand identity across our entire online experience,” said Dole’s digital marketing manager, Michael Contreras. “The new look was designed to pay tribute to Dole’s legacy, while still representing where Dole is headed. The updated site also provides each of the Dole divisions with the flexibility that they need to customize their individual web presence.”
Staples appoints new chief culture officer
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. — Staples has promoted SVP of business services John Burke to SVP, chief culture officer, a newly created role.
Burke will be charged with leading global efforts focused on building Staples’ culture and for driving improved associate engagement. He will champion Staples’ approach to ethics, environmental sustainability, community relations and diversity and inclusion. Burke will also serve as president of the Staples Foundation, the company’s nonprofit philanthropic organization.
“Staples has a unique culture that is critical to Staples’ long-term success,” said Ron Sargent, Staples’ chairman and CEO. “John has a long record of successful leadership and a deep understanding of Staples culture. He will be instrumental in ensuring that Staples’ culture and values support our business transformation.”
Burke will be responsible for driving awareness and coordinating Staples’ approach to corporate responsibility. He will act as Staples’ culture ambassador, both internally and externally, and will advise the executive team on related topics.
“I am excited for the opportunity to help embed Staples’ values more deeply throughout the organization at such a transformational time,” said Burke. “This position shows our leadership’s commitment to our associates and to our culture, values and behavior.”
Burke joined Staples more than 23 years ago and led its business services team for 12 years. During his tenure, he built Copy & Print into a key growth vehicle and a critical part of Staples’ future. Early in the company’s history, he also served as VP of human resources. Most recently, Burke led Staples Global Print Solutions strategy.